The artists in Welcome! Welcome! present work influenced by Australian suburbia. Simultaneously celebrated and despised, the suburbs are a dream for many in the great Aussie quest for home ownership. From good neighbours to strange ones, housing estate to share house, Welcome! Welcome! probes this intriguing ever-present facet of Australian cultural identity.
There is a tender familiarity in the artworks; childhood nostalgia, unremarkably recognizable architecture and family life, with all its anxieties and dysfunction. Part decay-porn, part renovated dream-home, this exhibition attempts to locate the claustrophobic freedoms of low rise living, in which many of us were raised, through artists work that touches on the essence of this most ‘valuable’ of assets.
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We are very pleased to have seven writers contribute short stories on the theme of suburbia for this exhibition catalogue.